14-yr-olds could ‘self-declare’ legal sex under proposed German law

Children as young as 14 will be allowed to change their first name and legal sex through self-declaration in Germany.

The German Government’s proposed Self-Determination Act would remove the current requirements of two doctors’ reports and a court order.

Minors between the ages of 14 and 18 will require approval from parents or the ruling of a family court, while parents will need to apply on behalf of children younger than 14.

Little opposition

The regulation will impose fines whenever a person’s true sex is disclosed without their permission.

The Justice Minister, Marco Buschmann, expects the Cabinet to sign off on the law before the end of the year, after which it would still need to pass through Parliament.

The move has received little opposition in the German Parliament.

Controversial changes

It comes as part of a package of controversial changes being rolled out by Germany’s coalition Government.

In June, lawmakers voted to end a ban on ‘advertising’ abortions.

The Government also intends to propose legislation later this year to legalise the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes.

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